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dave

by dave

How do you make sure apps are up-to-date on your computer?
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With OS X, the App Store has provided an easy way to keep track of updates to various applications and make sure you're always running the latest and greatest software.
However, not all the apps on my computer have been purchased through the App Store. And this obviously doesn't help with Windows applications. There are a number of third party applications that have their own update modules -- but these don't generally run unless you open up the app. So, if there's... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Best desktop chat client for OSX?
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I've been a long time user of Adium and it's pretty good at doing it's one job: acting a central point for multiple chat services. However it's pretty long in the tooth in terms of updating. The last one was in May 2013, and before that it was December 2012.
Is there any modern client now that is good at handling multiple services, including Google's Hangout service? Adium does XMPP but the Hangout integration is pretty medicore and doesn't pull in group Hangouts. I would switch to Messages but I... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Are you running the OSX Yosemite Public Beta? Share your thoughts!
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The OSX Yosemite public beta is currently live to the public [1], and if you're one of the lucky ones who got a code I'm sure you have it installing already. Dana has been kind enough to give some thoughts and opinions on the new OS[2], so now we're curious what you to say. If you were one of the fortunate ones to get the beta key, how are you like the big changes so far?
I personally will not be signing up for the program since I don't want to run into issues with any unsupported software.
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dave

by dave

Why is OS X sooooooooo slow to access SMB shares over a network?
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I've mentioned this before: Last year, we've moved our entire photo library and music library onto a NAS device (a Synology DS213). Overall, the experience has been decent. It's easy enough to access over the network (and even remotely) to store files, media, and all sorts of other data.
Except when I need to access my /photos or /music folders. There are thousands and sub-directories stored in each folder (sort by dates, e.g. "2014-07-23" in photos and Artist in... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What are some of the apps you continue to use after all these years
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As part of my morning routine, I catch up on news and RSS feeds every morning. I came across an interesting post by Shawn Blanc today about Longstanding Mac Apps [1]. The post details some of the apps that have long history with Apple's operating systems. For example, Word originally hit Apple OS in 1985! That means Word for Mac is almost as old as I am.
The post got me thinking a bit about some of the apps I continue to use throughout my time using computers. Shockingly the list isn't as long as... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you find new apps and software to check out?
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While we all probably have the pieces of software we've come to rely on day-in day-out, I think we all can agree we're always open to finding new apps and software to try out. Aside from relying on news sources, like here at Engadget, app store suggestions and Twitter, where do you go to get recommendations for apps and software?
My favorites sites of late are the following:
The Sweet Setup (http://thesweetsetup.com/) -- this is a site started by Shawn Blanc where the focus is to pick the best... Read more →
dave

by dave

Speed issues accessing my Synology NAS through OS X's Finder
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I keep my photo library on my NAS and photos are sorted into subfolders by date (the folder format is: "YYYY-MM-DD"). I have photos going back to around 1999 and there are something like 2,000+ folders there. When I connect to my NAS via local network or remotely and try to load my photos folder via finder, I basically get a blank tab, no matter how long I leave the window open. Interestingly enough, I'm able to navigate to other folders on my NAS just fine. It's just this photos folder that's... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?
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Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
  • Daily Journal - I can't speak highly enough of DayOne and everything it...
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frankspin

by frankspin

Why pay for services you can get for free?
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Engadget reported early this morning about how Droplr will no longer offer free accounts (http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/03/droplr-rapid-f... If you're unfamiliar with Droplr it's a simple file sharing service for OSX. Most users of the service will probably stop using it, and most of you who have never heard of it probably don't see a point with Dropbox or Google Drive. For me though I will likely pay to keep using the service since it provides the easiest form... Read more →
rbickley

by rbickley

Mavericks VS Windows 8?
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What do you all think about the new direction of hardware / software for Apple and Microsoft? Personally I think Apple's doing it right, with a traditional setup of desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and unique OS versions for each one. Microsoft is pretty much letting manufacturers put W8 on whatever they want (convertibles, all-in-ones with touch screens, etc) and I think many of them are quite messy products by the end. The "universal operating system" idea doesn't really work because in the... Read more →
dave

by dave

Tip: Problems remotely connecting to your Synology NAS in OS X Mavericks? Here's how to fix!
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At home, we use a Synology DS213 to backup and store all our important data. Since I picked it up earlier this year, it's been an absolute dream to use. I've even found myself mounting it remotely in OS X using a secure WebDAV connection (e.g., HTTPS).
After updating my Mac to OS X Mavericks, my remote connection stopped working, and OS X would give be a useless "unable to connect to server" error each time I tried to mount the remote drive.
Sadly, it looks like Apple somehow broke their secure... Read more →
flackend

by flackend

Having Mavericks issues?
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I haven't upgraded to Mavericks yet. I want to give it a couple weeks. One of my coworkers upgraded and has since complained that app switching is slower for him. Maybe due to Compressed Memory or App Nap? That in itself sounds like a reason to not upgrade. It drives me nuts when computers act sluggish when I'm trying to work.
This article says that MacBook Airs seem to be having trouble (crashes):... Read more →
dave

by dave

What differentiates a point update vs a major update with regard to software?
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We were having an interesting discussion in the office today about OS X Mavericks. Some people felt that Mavericks (along with Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard) seemed more like point releases than significantly new operating systems. (i.e., a simple update intended to fix bugs rather than add significant new features.)
A second example was mentioned with regard to iOS. iOS 7 has been the first new coat of paint in a long time. Prior to that, iOS 6, 5, 4, etc,... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

Apple's "We still have a lot to cover" event
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Our pals over at Engadget have already made some of their own predictions (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/apple-october-... for today's Apple Event, but we'd love to hear what you're thinking (or wanting) to be announced. Some of the stuff that has been hinted at and rumored leading up to today includes:
  • new iPad
  • new iPad mini
  • Availability dates for OS X Mavericks and the unique-looking Mac Pro
  • Perhaps some new Macbook Pro or Mac mini refreshes?
Given the recent amount of... Read more →
marc

by marc

What do you think about Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks?
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http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2013... Apple has abandoned the big cats with its latest OS X release, naming it after the Mavericks beach in Northern California. Like most of Apple's desktop upgrades, OS X 10.9 Mavericks has a number of new features, a lot of which are under-the-hood updates designed to improve performance and responsiveness. However, there are some interesting user-facing updates that may make this a must-have upgrade. Multi-Display Macs... Read more →